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Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

The Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) progam contracts with Eastern Idaho Public Health District (EIPHD) to effect changes that have a positive impaIPANct on the health of Idahoans and focuses on strategies and practices that make healthy eating and active living the easy choice for all Idaho communities. Click here for more information about IPAN.

IPAN programs offered through EIPHD:

Let's Move! Child Care
Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative that was launched in 2010 and is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

One in five children are overweight or obese by the age of six. Child care and early education providers are a powerful force in children's lives. Providers can help children learn habits that prevent childhood obesity and can keep them healthy for life.

The Let's Move! Child Care Campaign focuses on five key areas of childhood obesity prevention:

  1. Physical Activity
  2. Screen Time
  3. Food
  4. Beverages
  5. Infant Feeding

EIPHD has been working with over 20 child care facilities in Eastern Idaho to complete the Let's Move! Child Care assessment. This activity is free to child care facilities. Resources, best practices, and technical assistance have been provided to help the facilities make simple, but effective, changes to help reduce childhood obesity.

In the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015, EIPHD will partner with the IdahoSTARS program to hold two Let's Move! Child Care Workshops. These workshops will provide education and training, in addition to IdahoSTARS credits, to providers in Eastern Idaho.

If you are a child care or early education partner, and would like to participate in the Let's Move! Assessment and/or workshops, or if you have questions about this program, please call the IPAN coordinator, Kaylene Craig at 533-3151. For more information about Let's Move! Child Care click here.

Worksite Wellnes Promotion
Worksite environments have a significant impact on employees' overall health, and employers can experience meaningful benefits from maintaining a healthy workforce.

EIPHD is currently implementing the National Healthy Worksite Health Scorecard with businesses in Eastern Idaho. The Scorecard was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Health Scorecard is a tool designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions or strategies in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

If you would like more information about worksite wellness, or would like to take a CDC Health Scorecard Assessment at your business, please call Timalee Geisler at 533-3149. Click here for more information about the Health Scorecard.

Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties
The Let's Move! Campaign also has an initiative specifically for cities, towns, and counties. Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties supports local elected officials who are working to build healthier communities.

Local elected officials can visit Healthy Communities for a Healthy Future to sign up their city, town or county. An elected official can sign his or her location up as a prospective Let's Move City, Let's Move Town or Let's Move County. During this process, he or she must complete a survey and commit to the following goals.

  • Goal 1: Start Early, Start Smart
    To provide children with a healthier start, local elected officials commit to helping early care and education providers incorporate best practices for nutrition, physical activity and screen time into their programs.
  • Goal II: MyPlate, Your Place
    To empower parents and caregivers, local elected officials commit to prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served.
  • Goal III: Smart Servings for Students
    To provide healthy food in schools, local elected officials commit to increasing participation in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • Goal IV: Model Food Service
    To improve access to healthy, affordable foods, local elected officials commit to implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in all municipal and county venues that serve food.
  • Goal V: Active Kids at Play
    To increase physical activity, local elected officials commit to mapping local playspaces, completing a needs assessment, developing an action plan, and launching a minimum of three proven policies, programs or initiatives aimed at increasing access to play.

Local elected officials have the opportunity to earn gold, silver, and bronze medals, as they proceed in accomplishing the five goals. Let's Move! will highlight and celebrate the accomplishments and ideas of local elected officials as they meet benchmarks toward accomplishing the five goals.

EIPHD is currently working with the city of Idaho Falls. They have earned a bronze and silver medal in Goal 1, and a bronze medal in both Goal III and Goal V. Click here for more information about Let's Move Cities, Towns, and Counties.

Kaylene Craig
Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program Coordinator
Eastern Idaho Public Health District
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
208-533-3151
E-mail: kcraig@phd7.idaho.gov

 

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